I've been a full time photographer since 2010, but I've been shooting almost a decade. I've captured around 250 weddings!
Yes, absolutely to both!
Having a background in graphic design allows me to enhance, correct, and manipulate images resulting in the most flawless photos possible. For instance, if I take a gorgeous photo, but your eyes are closed . . . no worries! I'll fix them and you'll never know. Is there a fly away hair? A wrinkle in your shirt? I'll take care of it :). Also, being a full time photographer means I get to spend all my energy and efforts with my clients and in the office. There's no competition for my time at another job! I don't have to rush my work and deadlines are always met.
Out of around 300, I was recently ranked top 20 photographers in Central Illinois by Expertise.com. I was judged on reputation, credibility, experience, availability, and professionalism. I love that my hard work and my drive to give couples a great photography experience was noticed! More than anything though, I genuinely care about your photos. I want you to love and cherish them forever. I shoot every session and every wedding as if it were my own. I run my business solely on principles and values. I treat my clients how I would want to be treated, and nothing less.
You can see for yourself ! But if I had to guess. . . I hear I'm fun and laid back :). I'm there to direct and guide you as much as you need. I know what it's like to be in front of a camera, so I make the process as relaxed and fun as possible :). I'm there to alleviate any photography fears and stress that you might have. It should be an enjoyable time! Every set of clients is different, and I work closely with each to really understand what kind of photography they are looking for. We then plan together their session to ensure they will love their photos.
Yes! I am a 2009 graduate of Illinois State University. I have a Bachelor's degree in Studio Arts with a major in Photography, background in Graphic Design, and a minor in Art History.